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Politics & Voting in Santa Cruz, California

The Political Climate in Santa Cruz, CA is Strongly liberal.

Santa Cruz County, CA is Very liberal. In Santa Cruz County, CA 78.4% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 18.5% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 3.1% voted Independent.

In the last Presidential election, Santa Cruz county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 78.4% to 18.5%.
Santa Cruz county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000


The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Santa Cruz, CA is Strongly liberal

Santa Cruz County, California is Very liberal.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area is Very liberal.

California is Strongly liberal.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
VoteWord™

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Santa Cruz, California: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D if the Democratic Party candidate won and I if the Independent Party candidate won. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last three elections.


Individual Campaign Contributions in Santa Cruz, CA

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 60,933 contributions totaling $7,803,621 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $128 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 2,177 contributions totaling $486,749 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $224 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CALIFORNIA POLITICS VOTING HISTORY
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    Reviews for Santa Cruz    44 Reviews
    Some love it, others not so much - 11/20/2020
    I lived in the Santa Cruz area for 20 years. UCSC alum. Our kids were born there. There are wonderful things about Santa Cruz, but also many serious problems that we... Read More

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    Small Town, Big City - 7/24/2020
    I have been here for four generations! My kids are the fifth. I guess that should tell you how wonderful it is here, at least for us. It's so cool to have world class... Read More

    Santa Cruz is my Heart Home in so many ways - 10/3/2019
    I was born over the hill in San Jose area, and as a kid I loved coming over to the boardwalk. Santa Cruz has always been and always will be a town of diversity,... Read More


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